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Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Technology-imbued tattoos have been discussed many a times over the last year, but now, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology start-up, has taken another step towards making them feasible. Dubbed "Tech Tats," the temporary tattoos use LED lights, a micro-controller, and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the skin. While they certainly look cool, Chaotic Moon imagines Tech Tats as being much more than cosmetic, from serving as a new form of wearable to playing a part in medical applications.

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Alphabet Life Sciences “capicola” health tracker seen at FCC

Alphabet Life Sciences “capicola” health tracker seen at FCC

When Google's top brass cooked up the whole Alphabet soup, one of formerly Google managed projects that became a subsidiary of its own was Google X's Life Sciences, now simply called Life Sciences and under the direct purview of Alphabet. Even before then, the group was already at work on various device concepts, including insulin-measuring contact lenses and a dedicated health tracker. Not much has been heard about the latter, nicknamed capicola. It seems, however, that the project is far from being dead, making an appearance at the FCC long enough for photos to be taken and, of coursed, leaked.

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Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit, the company’s fitness tracking app, has been updated with several new features, not the least of which are instant insights into one’s fitness activities — walks, runs, bicycle rides, and such. Google Fit will gather data related to those activities, such as how fast you’re cycling or your running pace, and present it as a snapshot alongside a route presented on Google Maps.

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GluCase phone case makes blood sugar testing mobile

GluCase phone case makes blood sugar testing mobile

GluCase aims to improve life for diabetics by merging smartphones and glucometers together into a single device. The device looks like an ordinary smartphone case, but features a built in blood glucose meter, which works with a related mobile app to present, store, and interpret the data. The data can also be shared with a care team, whether it is a doctor who is monitoring one’s diabetes or to a caregiver concerned about a loved one’s sugar levels.

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This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

Wearables start-up Caeden has just announced a smart bracelet called Sona. It features some of the same technology one would expect in the sea of smartwatches already available, but instead of focusing on presenting the time and notifications, or tracking fitness stats, the Sona's goal is to help wearers manage stress and improve both mind and body wellness. The wearable is for both men and women, and along with ditching a screen, takes on a simple, fashionable appearance with leather and metal.

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Beagle sensors monitor a home’s health quality

Beagle sensors monitor a home’s health quality

Sensors that monitor the inside of one’s home or office are nothing new, but most of them focus on security, not health. While there are indoor health monitoring devices, they usually come as a single device, which needs to be placed in a centralized region in the building or house. Beagle is different, serving as a home quality system composed of a base station and various sensors that can be added on to it.

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Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic has introduced a new fitness app called “Runtastic Results”, and it is designed for anyone interested in fitness. This particular app is a personalized training tool, providing a 12-week plan for users that has been customized to their particular needs. It presents body weight workouts that range from 15 to 45 minutes long, and they’re accompanied by more than 120 high-definition instructional videos for each type of exercise.

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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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Forget standing desks, Altwork has a throne for computer addicts

Forget standing desks, Altwork has a throne for computer addicts

"It looks," I thought when I first saw the Altwork Station, "like a dentist's chair." That might not be your first inclination when shopping for new office furniture, but the team behind the unusual, zero-gravity workstation believe they have what it takes the coax you away from your standing desk or your exercise ball chair.

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Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Venomous snakes have claimed countless lives, but one team of researchers from Rice University have managed to turn that venom into a life-saving gel. On Monday, the university announced that a nano fiber hydrogel infused with venom from pit vipers has been developed that quickly stops bleeding, something that could be used in situations ranging from emergencies to operating rooms.

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Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Living, the Seattle company behind the Pivotal fitness tracker (check out our review), has introduced a new product, the Pivotal Smart Scale. One of Pivotal’s biggest hooks is affordability — it offers its fitness tracker for $12, and now it is launching its smart scale for $39.95 USD, undercutting just about every competitor. As with other smart scales, this model is designed to work alongside a mobile app, making it more useful than an ordinary “dumb” scale.

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23andMe will resume (limited) testing for health issues

23andMe will resume (limited) testing for health issues

23andMe, the company that benefited greatly with some favor from Google, suffered a massive setback when the FDA stepped in and shutdown its genetic health screening service. At the time, users could pay $99 to spit in a vial and, some time later, access their genetic data parsed to include details about their personal health. Those details included things like risks for certain diseases and cancers, how they respond to different types of medication and diets, and more.

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